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Name: Kaffir Lily
Scientific Name: Clivia and Clivia Miniata
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Soil: Well drained soil that contain some peat moss is what I use for mine.
Sun: in order to see it flower, it needs some sun light, but it does not like direct sun light. East or north facing windows are a good place for it.
Water: Water as needed during spring and summer. Like Amaryllis, it needs a rest period. Cut back on its water during winter period to induce the rest period.
Fertilizer:I give it some diluted Iron Plus once a while as well as some diluted Schultz Expert Orchid Food once a week during spring and summer.
Care: the green leaves of clivia attract dust and mites. Wash the leaves occasionally with clean water. Also mist it with water on hot days.
Tips:   A friend of mine has been growing clivia form years. She told me to gather fallen needles as well as a layer of soil from beneath a pine tree. These may be used to mulch the clivia plants. Also, clivia prefers to be a bit pot bound. Try not to repot it often since it does not like to be disturbed. As a matter of fact, once it is used to a single location, try not to move it. It is better to double-pot clivia, use a small and light weight pot inside a large heavy pot to give it support since clivia tends to be top heavy.


Clivia is believed to be one of the most cherished houseplant. It always gives quite show in spring, displaying a group of exquisite flowers in various shades of red, orange, and yellow. The hybrid Clivia is hardier and offers more interesting colors.

The two clivia I have are clivia minita. They are hybrids and one of them is a bit orange and another one is more yellowish. Even without flowers, the two clivias are beautiful to look at with their deep green color leaves in nice peacock-tail like stands. At the same time I got them, I also purchased two heavy ceramic pots to put them in there. They are top heavy and would have been easily overturned if I had left them in small pots.

Small red fruits form after the clivias flower withered. Let the fruits mature on top of the stem. Once they became a bit hard, take them down and put them in moist soil. The new plant often grows slowly and it will take a few years before it can flower.


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